2019 Dodge Grand Caravan Engine Oil Capacity

The 2019 Grand Caravan takes 5.9 quarts of 5W-20 oil.
Written by Julian de Sevilla
Reviewed by Amy Bobinger
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The Dodge Grand Caravan was an affordable, but sparsely-equipped minivan that was discontinued after 2020. The 2019 model’s takes 5.9 quarts of 5W-20 engine oil. 
Though the Grand Caravan was eclipsed in its final years by competitors like the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna, it stood out as one of the more affordable minivans on the market, and they’re still great cars to rent on vacations with the family. 
If you have the space, changing your car’s oil on your own is a great way to cut down on
oil change costs
—and keeping up on maintenance is a great way to avoid expensive
car repairs
. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 Grand Caravan’s engine oil, including the oil capacity and type and how frequently you should be changing it:
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2019 Dodge Grand Caravan oil capacity

The 2019 Grand Caravan’s 3.6-liter V6 engine takes 5.9 quarts of engine oil. It’s important to distinguish between an engine’s oil capacity, or the amount of oil it holds—in this case, 5.9 quarts—and its displacement, or the amount of space its cylinders occupy—here, 3.6 liters.

What kind of oil does a 2019 Grand Caravan need?

The 2019 Grand Caravan’s
owner’s manual
recommends using API-certified 5W-20 engine oil and suggests brands like Mopar and Pennzoil.
The numbers 5 and 20 represent the oil’s viscosity at different temperatures, while “W” stands for “winter.” This means the oil has a relatively low viscosity (5) in the cold and a higher viscosity in warmer temperatures—this is what you want, since oil tends to thin out as it warms up.

How often to change the oil on a 2019 Grand Caravan

The Grand Caravan’s oil should be changed about every 5,000 miles. Like most modern vehicles, the 2019 Grand Caravan has an oil change indicator that lights up on the gauge cluster when it’s time for an oil change, so you don’t need to worry about keeping track of mileage between oil changes. You should change the car’s oil within 500 miles of the light turning on to avoid damaging the engine or affecting its performance. 
How frequently the light turns on depends on the engine’s age, how often it is used, and the conditions in which the car is driven. The light can turn on after as little as 3,000 miles if the car is driven in consistently dusty or off-road environments or frequently runs at very low RPMs, which the owner’s manual calls “severe duty.”  
The owner’s manual also says that “under no circumstances should oil change intervals exceed 10,000 miles (16,000 km), 12 months, or 350 hours of engine run time, whichever comes first.” The owner’s manual also includes a detailed
maintenance schedule
that explains how often certain components should be serviced or replaced.

How to change a car’s oil and oil filter

If you want to change your own oil, you’ll need a few things:
  • socket wrench
  • flat head screwdriver
  • shop towels, paper towels, or rags
  • filter wrench
  • drain pan
  • gloves
  • ramps, a jack stand, or some other way to safely access the car’s undercarriage
  • a new oil filter (the owner’s manual recommends Mopar oil filters)
  • 5.9 quarts of 5W-20 oil
  • a funnel
Here’s the process:
  • Run the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature—you want the temperature gauge on the gauge cluster to read somewhere in the middle between “Cold” and “Hot.” Then, shut the engine off.
  • Open the hood, pull the engine cover off, and remove the engine’s air intake hose by loosening the clamps with a flat head screwdriver. This should expose the oil filter.
  • Place a rag or towel around the oil filter before removing it to catch any drips. Unscrew the oil filter cap with a socket wrench, then pull it, and the filter itself, straight up and out. Pull the old filter out from the cap and remove the old O-ring from the rim of the cap. Discard the old filter and set the cap aside.
  • Raise the front end of the car with the jack stand or ramps. Don’t forget to put something behind the rear wheels to stop it from moving.
  • Put the drain pan under the oil drain plug—the oil often comes out with some pressure, so put it a few inches in front of the hole. 
  • Loosen the drain plug with a wrench, then unscrew it the rest of the way with gloved fingers. Be careful—the oil may be hot. Let the oil drain completely, then wipe the area clean with towels. Screw the drain plug back in with your fingers, then tighten it with the wrench. 
  • Remove the drain pan and carefully lower the vehicle. 
  • Lubricate the filter’s new O-ring with a few drops of oil, then place it around the filter cap. Press the new oil filter into the filter cap, then screw it back in and tighten it.
  • Unscrew the oil fill cap and carefully fill the engine back up with fresh oil—using a funnel will minimize messes. Replace the fill cap.
  • Check underneath the car for leaks with the engine on and off. If there are none, reinstall the air intake hose. 
  • Finally, reset the oil change indicator light: Turn the key to the “On” position without starting the engine (If you have keyless start, do this by pressing the engine button without pressing brake pedal). Then, reset the light by slowly pressing the gas pedal three times within 10 seconds.
Don’t dump old oil in a drain or in your garbage can. Store it securely in a container and take it to a local recycling center. 
MORE: How much should an oil change cost?
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